Simon Hurst reports on the first day of the Excel User Conference taking place in Cambridge.
By now, most Excel users should be aware of the potential dangers inherent in inappropriately used spreadsheets. But what is the likely impact of an over-complex formula buried in a worksheet used at a nuclear power station?
That was one of the scary scenarios revealed by leading European spreadsheet audit expert Patrick O'Beirne at the Excel Users Conference in Cambridge this week. In his talk on Thursday morning, O'Beirne thoroughly frightened the audience by showing some of the things that can go wrong.
As well as the nuclear spreadsheet, O'Bierne cited other horrors including the 1m error discovered by Customs auditors in a company's VAT calculations, and a model containi...